Five new online programs have completed IU's academic approval process and are ready to receive applications for admission.
High school dual-credit teachers who need to meet Higher Learning Commission (HLC) standards can benefit from three new graduate certificate programs and the new MA in English. The programs are offered jointly through all seven IU campuses.
The Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies explores the core principles of writing and literature, as well as the current debates and schools of thought regarding writing instruction. It equips instructors to teach students to craft sound arguments using logic, context, and audience.
The Graduate Certificate in Literature introduces students to the core principles of literature, current literary debates, and theories of instruction. Students learn how to teach others to read and analyze texts and contexts and how to conduct literary analysis.
The Graduate Certificate in Language and Literature focuses on contemporary theories on the pedagogy of composition and literature, the linguistic structures and history of the English language, reading strategies and literary analysis, and approaches to composition and writing instruction.
The Master of Arts in English covers writing and literature pedagogy, the linguistic structure and history of English literature, and a range of genre-related reading strategies. Students also learn skills in research, analysis, and presentation and become acquainted with trends in the digital humanities.
The graduate certificates are "stackable" with the MA in English, meaning that certificate credits apply toward degree requirements. This structure is designed to help teachers meet HLC instructor qualification standards that require teachers to hold either a master's in their area of instruction or a master's in another discipline, plus 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework. Teachers already taking graduate English courses through IU Online may apply their credits toward a certificate or the degree.
The MS in Criminal Justice and Public Safety is designed for those with careers in criminal justice and security, and for those interested in policing, homeland security, and emergency management. Students complete coursework in a variety of special topics, including crime mapping, geographic information systems, and cybersecurity, and they choose a concentration in either public safety or criminal justice. The degree is offered jointly through IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, and IU Southeast.
Many additional certificate and degree programs are scheduled to launch this summer. Watch the IU Online website for updates.